Ursula Twiss hangs a positive message on a fence on Hall Street last week as part of an after-school arts group for girls.

Nelson youth sending a message of positivity

Little messages can have a big impact and banners that popped up around Nelson last week are proof positivity prospers.

Little messages can have a big impact and banners that popped up around Nelson last week are proof positivity prospers.

Ursula Twiss facilitates an after-school arts group for girls at the Nelson and District Youth Centre. The idea for making banners with positive messages came from Miranda July, an American artist, filmmaker and performer whose endeavor Learning to Love You More is meant to inspire public art projects.

Twiss wrote the saying “be brave” on a white board at the centre during one of the Wednesday afternoon sessions and her girls became inspired, paired off and started creating.

“It was fun. We were covered in sparkles,” she says.

The girls came up with the message content as they created the banners. Signs include sayings like “You are so brave” hung up outside of Oso Negro. One says “Love is louder than the pressure to be perfect” and another says “Always be yourself because everyone else is taken.” They are hung up in the 400 block of Baker Street. At the bottom of the Hall Street stairs in Herridge Lane, one says “Be Happy.” Other banners hang up at John Ward Coffee, near Kootenay Coop Radio and across from Ward Street Place on Victoria Street.

“They were really stoked to make these things and they were really stoked when I said we could put them out into the community and give them away,” Twiss says.

Calling themselves the “love ninjas” the girls enjoyed the almost secret sharing of their altruistic creations.

“They were attracted to the anonymity of it — that these things would exist and they might hear someone else say that they’d seen them and know they’d been a part of it,” says Twiss.

The NDYC facilitator shared with the girls a story of how a little message can have a positive impact. When living in Vancouver, the saying “Everything is going to be alright” lit up on the top of a building had cheered her up on a terrible day.

“I told them I really needed to see that. It was then that the girls really began to consider their audience,” says Twiss. “They’re a really kind group of girls and they’re at that age where they truly believe in picking somebody up.”

The donated materials came from Cowans and The Dollar Store — another altruistic act, says Twiss.

Called Spark!, the group for 12 to 16-year-old girls runs from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the NDYC located on Lake Street.

 

 

Just Posted

Nelson city council takes e-bike tour of new development

Council has endorsed e-bikes as a means to reduce carbon emissions and support healthy lifestyles.

Black Press Kootenay Career Fair underway in Cranbrook

Today, Thursday, August 22, around 40 employers will be waiting to meet potential new employees

National trail group decries province’s plans for West Kootenay trail

Converting trail back to motorized use will harm its international reputation, says official

Creston’s Footlighters casting singing roles for White Christmas

Theatre troupe holding auditions for singing and speaking roles in upcoming musical

Cannings to pedal through South Okanagan — West Kootenay riding

MP leaves from Nakusp on Aug. 23 and ends in Kaleden on Aug. 29.

Trudeau vows to stand firm against ‘increasingly assertive’ China

China has accused Canada of meddling in its affairs

Kelly Ellard gets day parole extended for six more months

Ellard was convicted of killing 14-year-old Reena Virk in 1997

New study suggests autism overdiagnosed: Canadian expert

Laurent Mottron: ‘Autistic people we test now are less and less different than typical people’

B.C. hockey player excited to join Humboldt Broncos

Defenceman Sebastien Archambault played last two seasons with Junior B Sicamous Eagles.

B.C. father tells judge he did not kill his young daughters

Andrew Berry pleaded not guilty to the December 2017 deaths

Police watchdog investigating two officers after Langley teen’s suspected overdose

According to IIO, two officers were deployed to help Carson Crimeni but did not locate him before he died

Huawei executive’s defence team alleges Canadians were ‘agents’ of the FBI

eng’s arrest at Vancouver’s airport has sparked a diplomatic crisis between Canada and China

Trans Mountain gives contractors 30 days to get workers, supplies ready for pipeline

Crown corporation believes the expansion project could be in service by mid-2022

On vaccines, abortion, Goop, doctor Jen Gunter says: ‘I have a duty to speak up’

She speaks out on menstruation, the wellness industry and vaccines

Most Read